Folk and Traditional Arts Program

Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission's mission involves both a commitment to care for the state's most treasured lands, waters and historic places and a desire to connect all Washingtonians to their natural and cultural heritage through memorable experiences in the parks.

Since 2004, the Folk & Traditional Arts Program has added to those memorable experiences with performances in state parks by musicians, dancers, craftspeople and storytellers who represent a wide variety of old and new Washington traditions. From tribal canoe family journeys to Cinco de Mayo festivities, from fisher poetry to Ecuadorian song, from Hawaiian hula to old-time square dances, the program brings people together — some to celebrate a common heritage and some to learn about the traditions of others.

The Folk & Traditional Arts performances and events are brought to you, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Washington State Parks Foundation, and by funds generated through the sale of Washington State Parks license plates.

Learn more about the Folk & Traditional Arts Program: View a video

For information about the Folk & Traditional Arts Program, email Makaela Kroin or call 360-902-8635.

Please join us at one of the Folk & Traditional Arts music series, festivals, concerts, performances or workshops, and find new ways to Embrace Your Nature!

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2018 Folk & Traditional Arts Events

Date Event Park



Holi Celebration - Festival of Colors
A joyous celebration of Spring for the whole family! Presented by Eastside Family & Friends. Tickets include color and vegetarian feast. 12:00 PM-4:00PM



Canoe Families Celebration
with the Chehalis, Nisqually, Puyallup and Skokomish River Road Canoe Families. Singers, drummers, storytellers, cedar bark weavers, Indian fry bread and salmon BBQ lunch for sale. FREE CANOE RIDES! 12:00PM-4:00PM

2 Salish Sea Native American Cultural Celebration
with the Samish and Swinomish Tribes. Singing, crafts, traditional smoked salmon plate lunch for sale. FREE CANOE RIDES! Bowman Bay, 12:00PM-4:00PM
Deception Pass
9 Waikiki Beach Summer Concert Series
Wamba World Beat featuring Massamba Diop, master tama drummer from Senegal (featured on the Black Panther soundtrack). 
Cape Disappointment

New Old Time Chautauqua Tour
Washington State Parks and New Old Time Chautauqua tour of Washington to educate, entertain, and inspire folks to learn about their history and heritage. More information.


Summer Music and Dance Programs No experience necessary--if you think you can't dance, you're wrong! Cama Beach
13 Tunes on the Beach- Atlas Stringband N/A
14 Family Dance at the Boathouse- Atlas Stringband and Alex MacLeod, Caller N/A

American Roots Music Series Saturdays 7:00-8:00 PM, West Beach Amphitheater

Deception Pass
7 Dunava - A capella folk songs from Eastern Europe N/A
14 Bays Family Irish Band - Traditional Irish fiddle, concertina, and flute N/A
21 Unexpected Brass Band - Funky and eclectic New Orleans style brass band N/A
28 Sedentary Sousa Band - World's only seated marching band, with Majorette!  N/A


International Concert Series 2:00-3:00pm


Eduardo Mendonça & Show Brazil- traditional Brazilian music and dance


Summer Music & Dance Program Fun for all! No experience necessary. Squares, circles, contras. Dance to live music the way Cama Beach campers did in the 1940s and 50s! 
Tunes on the Beach- Squirrel Butter
Family Dance at the Boathouse- Squirrel Butter Ensemble, Charmaine Slaven, Caller 
Cama Beach


Cambodian Cultural Festival 
Cambodian music and musicians, traditional food, crafts, children's activities and extraordinary dance performances. Live DJ! 11am-4pm.




International Concert Series 2:00-3:00pm
Gansango Music & Dance- Traditional West African music, dance, storytelling.

Lharik Dhakpa & Tsering Dolker- traditional Tibetan music and dance.

Peace Arch


Summer Music & Dance Programs Fun for all! No experience necessary. Squares, circles, contras. Dance to live music the way Cama Beach campers did in the 1940s and 50s! 
Tunes on the Beach- Rattlesnail
Family Dance in the Boathouse- Rattlesnail, Gabe Strand, Caller

Cama Beach

Waikiki Concert Series
Moe Bowstern and Paper Eclipse present an evening of Fisherpoetry and a shadow puppet show. 

Micronesian Cultural Festival
Micronesian traditional music and dance, food, crafts, artifacts, children's activities and storytelling.  11am-4pm.
Cape Disappointment


International Concert Series 2:00-3:00pm
Srivani Jade Ensemble - Traditional music from the deserts of Rajasthan to the foothills of the Himalayas featuring tabla, harmonium, and rich vocals.

Peace Arch


Heritage Days
Two day, living history event featuring Umatilla Generations Dancers, Lewis & Clark Trail re-enactors, activities for families, and more, presented by Friends of Sacajawea State Park.